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Plummer happy to be back with the Reggae Girlz

Published:Monday | September 25, 2023 | 12:08 AMLivingston Scott/Gleaner Writer
Konya Plummer
Konya Plummer

After more than two years former national women’s team captain Konya Plummer played her first match for Jamaica last Friday when she was named in the starting eleven by coach Lorne Donaldson for the first leg of Jamaica’s two-way Olympic qualifier against Canada at the National Stadium.

Plummer, who was captain of the Reggae Girlz as they made their first-ever appearance at the World Cup in France in 2019, last played for the Reggae Girlz in a friendly against the USA in June 2021. A year later she announced that she was pregnant and took time away from football to give birth.

However, in August she was surprisingly named to the 24-player World Cup squad for Australia and New Zealand despite only training with the Arnett Gardens Jamaica Premier League (JPL) team.

Though the 26-year-old is yet to find a club, Donaldson had faith in the usually reliable defender to play her from the start to finish

She admitted to being nervous at the start and said she was determined to hold her own, and although Jamaica lost 2-0 she thought she gave a solid performance.

“Yes, I was nervous,” she commented,”We are all human. But it shows that you care when you do have emotions, so going out and relying on God that is what I did.

“The first 10 minutes, touching the ball, I was like OK I am in it (game) and I can’t come out. So I have stayed in it and stayed focused and did what I needed to do for my team.”

Jamaica conceded a goal in each half and face a difficult task trying to overturn the result in Canada tomorrow. Nevertheless, Plummer believes they can be better than they were on Friday.

“The mistakes which led to the goals can be fixed and we got opportunities, but we just didn’t capitalise on them. So going into the next game we are looking forward to fix those.

“Absolutely. It’s not over yet. We came into this two-game series to get the win and regardless of this outcome we keep going. We need a win so we are going to have to go for it,” she stated.

She added that although she can improve and be better, she is just happy to return playing for the Reggae Girlz.

“Honestly I got to play and I am just happy. The crowd was amazing. I just went out and did my best.

“But every game there is something to build on. There were a lot of positives, as well as negatives and I am just going to fix what I have to fix and move on.”